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Governor Walz Announces One-Page Supplemental Budget

Budget addresses rural Emergency Medical Services shortage

3/18/2024 4:26:42 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today released a one-page supplemental budget proposal. The budget addresses pressing statewide needs, including rural emergency medical services, water quality, and child welfare.

“Last year, we took historic steps to make Minnesota the best state in the nation for families. This year, we’re focused on putting that work into action while maintaining a responsible, balanced budget,” said Governor Walz. “From rural ambulance services to water quality infrastructure, we are addressing some of our most pressing statewide needs and delivering on core government services.”

“This supplemental budget invests in the core services that ensure Minnesotans can live safer, healthier, better lives. That includes continuing to build on our historic investments in child care,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan.“By strengthening our child welfare system and adding pre-kindergarten seats, we’re making smart investments that will make Minnesota the best state for kids and families.”

Public Safety and Emergency Services
The 2024 supplemental budget includes $16 million to support ambulance services in Greater Minnesota, which have faced severe funding and personnel shortfalls. The budget also provides grants to organizations that serve victims of crime, in addition to funding services to prevent recidivism and overdoses for people who are released from prisons and jails.

Child Care and Child Protection
The 2024 supplemental budget makes investments in child protection, including funding to improve and modernize the state’s child welfare and social services reporting system so child welfare workers have more time to spend with children and families. In addition to child protection funding, the supplemental budget provides an additional 2,200 voluntary pre-K seats to prepare children for success and enhance their pre-reading, pre-math, language, and social skills.

Water Quality and Infrastructure
The 2024 supplemental budget provides funding for in-home water treatment, well replacement, and other services for contaminated wells. The supplemental budget also acts as a state match for federal Climate Pollution Reduction Grant that Minnesota is applying for in a competitive process. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s budget includes a $989 million infrastructure plan that focuses on safe drinking water, transportation, housing, and critical state infrastructure.

More details on the $226 million supplemental budget are available online .

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